I never realised that vehicle transport cost so much!!
For the uninitiated, here’s the dilemma I’m facing.
I have a purchased a fixer-upper Saab 99 Turbo in Melbourne, which is an overnight ferry ride away from where I live in Hobart, Tasmania. The car comes with heaps and heaps of parts, so I have a vehicle and around 3 or 4 cubic meters of parts to transport from there to here.
The 99 is currently non-running, most likely needing a fuel pump and either a clutch master/slave cylinder repair to get it running.
The cheapest option I’ve found so far (subject to convincing a mate of mine to be involved) is to take his Toyota ute with a car trailer to Melbourne on the ferry and then pack everything in/on and bring it back the next night, which will cost $1,432. And that’s subject to availability of space on the ferry.
The next lowest quote I’ve found involves a $1,232 cost for transporting the vehicle and a further $660 for shipping the parts separately. A total of almost $1,900.
I have a budget of around $7,500 for the whole project at this point and with the need to paint the vehicle, spending $2,000 on transport alone means there’s a big chunk missing from my budget. I’ve been a bit niave in my planning, methinks…..
Which brings me to option 2…..
Option 2 comes about due to the unknowns with this Melbourne car. I know that there’s some rust repairs to be done on the exterior, but what’s unknown is if there’s extensive metal cancer underneath. I think it’ll be OK, but if it’s not then I could have done my whole stash of cash.
Option 2 involves a 2-door Saab 99EMS that I have access to here in Hobart already. The body is good, it’ll cost me nothing to move and I can still strip the 99T in Melbourne and send all the parts across for around $800 (the original price I’ve been quoted already, plus a little extra for the interior that I’d strip out of the 3-door car).
The turbo engine, gearbox and interior of the Melbourne car could be swapped straight in and then I’d have all the paintwork to do on the 2-door. What I’d end up with is a car that still meets all my requirements, but in 2-door rather than 3-door form.
What it boils down to:
- 3-door original car in classic Saab shape. Plenty of rust repair work prior to repaint. Costly transportation of non-running vehicle. May have to spend more to get it running prior to transport, adding to cost. But it is the classic Saab shape.
- 2-door custom built turbo. Not the classic Saab shape but a shape that I still love, regardless. Better body rigidity. Body known to be in good shape but paintwork stuffed.
I’d be very happy with either car. No matter what choice, I can still get all the bits from Melbourne down to Tasmania and have plenty of spares and plenty of choice as to how I want to finish the car.
Here’s some 2-door vs 3-door photos…..
All is well!
As it happens, I can get what’s called an ‘unregistered vehicle permit’ and drive the car back myself. I’ll have to get it running first, but that means that money saved on transporting the car (which will be a significant amount) can be spent on actual repairs to the car, which is a much better use of funds.
I’ve got to admit I feel quite elated with this outcome, which is a pretty good internal indicator that the 3-door is the way to go.
I can now get the car running, pack it full of parts, and move the lion’s share of the stuff to home at minimal cost.
Thanks to PT for the handy freight contact and subsequent advice!